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Geese Imprinting!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by muscovy94, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Vicksburg, MS
    Hey everyone I have a question. I know this might sound like a bone headed question but I just thought i would ask it. Are there any breeds of geese that imprint more and stronger to humans or are all geese pretty much the same when it comes to imprinting?

  2. I would say that all the breeds are pretty much the same.
  3. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I'm assuming you are asking about imprinting because you want a loving goose/duck that will live closely with you. I have experince with this matter...

    Ther are three options when it comes to imprinting...
    A.) The baby duck is hatched by another animal, an d imprints on that animal. It will not be very tame and will probably be afraid of humans.
    B.) The baby duck imprints on humans, but lives closely iwth other ducklings while growing. It learns to trust humans and maybe even like them and be friendly with them. these ducks can be very sweet and even cuddly, while others will have nothign to do with humans. This is best for animals expected to forage, live on a pond, live with other animals.. etc.
    C.) The baby imprints on humans and becomes attached and dependant on an individual. It's handled a lot, talked to alot, and should be raised by itself. It will then think it's human, and will expect to be treated like one.

    An imprint is not just simply seeing a human and thinking it's mom. while It does matter what is present during the hatching or right after, just being exposed to a baby fowl at hatching does not gaurentee a baby goose will imprint on you. ... (They immediately imprint on a species, and seem to imprint on an individual later depnding on the handling) Ducks, as well as geese, don't really recognize faces until after a week or so, but they will learn your voice quickly.

    At one week old (option C), my baby ducks have quickly learned that i am not scary and will calm down if i talk to them (they came from a hatchery where they were incubated and saw humans). You have to handle them ALOT. Picking them up often and cuddling with them is a must. If you keep many babies all at once, it seems they learn to rely on each other rather than the human. I've had two babies at a time, who are in seperate boxes, but came see each other thorugh a plexiglass wall. They spend some time together, but they spend a lot of time with their "humans".

    Since my ducks live in a small townhouse and often spend time inside, i made sure they imprinted. Imprinting/raising a very tame animal is very time comsuming, and should only be done by someone with lots and lots of patience and time. If you work all day or go to school all day, imprinting a goose or duck on yourself is cruel. You have to spend a LOT of time with that baby, including letting it sleep somewhere where it can see you. When it can't see you, it will becomed frightened and peep loudly. Also, if you are gone for more than a cuple hours, they baby will assume you died in the wild and will grieve over you. this causes an unbeliveable amount of stress on an imprinted duck (they will stay this way when they grow up... my two older ducks get very upset if we're gone for long...).

    If you want an animal to live in your home (either part or full time), not only should you imprint, but it takes an incredible amount of patience and love. Having two ducks in my house is a lot like having two year olds that never grow out of it.

    If you want your duck/goose to live outside in a barn/pen/coop/pond with other animals(option B), i do not reccomend imprinting! and you should raise a few babies together. Go ahead and handle them so they like humans, but let them stay together always. If an animals is too tame, you run the risk of it walking up to people that are unsavory, or getting snatched by a predator easily.

    A duck or goose are capable of being loving pets, but it is a very time consuming process. I have two of the most spoiled ducks in the world who wouldn't have life any other way. they hug and like to be held. They get upset when not in our presence.. I DO NOT reccomend this for a beginner at water fowl, or any one with a heavy schedule. Before attemping to raise any waterfowl that is to live very closely with humans, you should do tons of research online, and also buy the book "Duck! There's a goose in the House" by Nancy Townsend... It is the ONLY book on this matter that is absolutely necessary.
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  4. Omniskies

    Omniskies Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    There isn't anything I can add to Nettie's post. It's everything you need to know about imprinting with ducks and geese.

    Still, even with imprinting there are some breeds that are more laid back than others. Chinese geese don't mellow out as well as Pilgrims, Indian Runners are going to be more high strung than Aylsburies.

    If you don't use the word imprinting and focus on _bonding_ then the breeds aren't all the same. While all breeds will bond with people (I've heard of people swearing by their friendly Chinese - my mind exploded), some breeds are much, much easier to bond with than others.
  5. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Crowing

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
    My Chinese I had years ago were friendly & bonded to both me and my husband. I guess I was too ignorant to know better; I always loved the breed - their grace & beauty & talkativeness & I treated them like I would any other baby animal in my care. I got them as day olds from Murray McMurray.
    I will treat the 4 day olds I have coming from Holderread's the same way.
    Nettie is 100% on target with her advice.
  6. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Crossing the Road

    Jul 13, 2016
    My Coop
  7. captainalex84

    captainalex84 Hatching

    Apr 13, 2017
    I know this is an older thread, but I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this situation for me. I have two ducklings which I got at 4 days old. They saw humans upon hatching but had been with other ducklings from then on out. I have them housed together now. I handle them daily and after bathing they snuggle on my chest under a towel. They still seem nervous when it comes to my hands but when I pick them up and set them down on me, they settle right down and snuggle in. Does it sound like they could be imprinted? Or is it possible they could be over more time? Thanks in advance!
  8. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chirping

    Dec 28, 2016

    Well, nothing's impossible, but most imprinting takes place right before and after hatching. With regular handling, the ducks will learn to trust you more, but when they are with other ducks all day, reaching to grab them may become more difficult as they may run away.

    As for them snuggling up after being picked up, this is normal behavior. Many ducklings that do this are actually scared, but they know that they have become captured, so they calm down. If you want ducks that are very tame, I recommend handling them frequently, feeding them by hand, and do not do anything around them that may scare them until they are grown. Good luck with your new ducks!
  9. mcnicholls910

    mcnicholls910 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2017
    Hey I know this is gonna sound weird but I have to ask bcuz I'm desperate! I have two brown Chinese geese about 5months old (male&female). However recently my gander has been trying to mate with my foot or hand! He doesn't get upset when I pick up his sister either! I need him to stop trying to mate with me but what can I do??? I'm lost! Please help!
  10. mcnicholls910

    mcnicholls910 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2017
    Also I got both of them when they were about 1 or two weeks old!

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